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Clarence-Rockland Mayor wants generators mandated in grocery stores and gas stations

If the power goes out at service stations, Mayor Mario Zanth wants community members to have access to gasoline.
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Aftermath of the Ottawa storm that happened on Saturday, May 21, 2022. (Photo/Dani-Dube)

Residents of Clarence-Rockland have suffered from three natural disasters in the last five years, and now its mayor would like the city to be better prepared should there be a fourth incident. 

After the powerful storm that ravaged through the community over the Victoria Day long weekend, Clarence-Rockland Mayor Mario Zanth wants to see policies implemented that would see generators mandatory at gas stations and grocery stores.

"If that would have been the case, we would have been able to, I think, manage a little bit better in the sense that the main demand was gasoline to further generators," explained Zanth on The Rob Snow Show on May 26.

Mayor Zanth said while the city never ran out of gas, a number of service stations were without power and residents weren't able to pick up any gasoline.

"We have seniors homes, we have long-term care homes, and they all rely on these generators, so it just became a very important aspect of it, and when you have citizens without hydro and those that are on oxygen tanks and all of those things, it's just a disaster waiting to happen," he added. 

These potential policies would ensure the city has the critical tools in place it needs to function in a disaster type event.

A state of emergency is still in place in Clarence-Rockland, and many parts of the city are still without power.

Roughly 15-20 homes have been completely destroyed said Mayor Zanth. 

Listen to the full interview with Clarence-Rockland Mayor Mario Zanth below:



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